Course detail

Internal Combustion Engines

FSI-ESMAcad. year: 2022/2023

This course is concerned with the state-of-the-art and the application trends of piston combustion engines in transport means and handling technology. Current fuels. Characteristics of piston combustion engines, creation of fuel-air mixture in spark ignition and compression ignition engines. Two-stroke engines. Increasing engine power. Design characteristics of combustion engines relating to their operation purpose. Design of piston combustion engine parts.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students learn of the development and present condition of design of piston combustion engines and their parts.


The student needs to have knowledge appropriate courses of theoretical basics of bachelor study programme at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Technology, Brno


Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Teaching is suplemented by practical laboratory work.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The credit is suspended by active participation in exercises and correctly elaborated acts. The exam checks the knowledge from lectures and exercises, consists of written and oral parts.

Course curriculum

Not applicable.

Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of the course is to make students familiar with fundamental principles of combustion engines, their properties, characteristics and the engine design.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Seminars are obligatory, checked by a teacher. The way of compensation of missed lessons (in justified cases) is solved individually with the course guarantee person.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

Macek, J, Suk, B..: Spalovací motory I
Koehler E.: Verbrennungsmotoren, Vieweg-Verlag Braunschweig,2002, ISBN 3-528-23108-4
Kovařík, L. a kol.: Konstrukce vozidlových spalovacích motorů , NV Praha 1992
Braess H.,Seiffert U.: Vieweg Handbuch Kraftfahrzeugtechnik, 2005, ISBN 3-528-33114-3
Basshuyesen R., Schaefer F.: Handbuch Verbrennungsmotoren, 2005, ISBN 3-528-23933-6
Hoepke E.: Nutzfahrzeugtechnik, 2004, ISBN 3-528-23898-4

Recommended reading

Rauscher J.: Spalovací motory, Studijní opory, VUT FSI Brno, 2004
Vlk F.,Rauscher J.: Příslušenství motorových vozidel, Studijní opory. VUT FSI Brno, 2004
Rauscher, J.: Vozidlové motory, Studijní opory, VUT FSI Brno, 2004


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B-STR-P Bachelor's

    specialization SSZ , 3. year of study, winter semester, compulsory

  • Programme CŽV Lifelong learning

    branch CZV , 1. year of study, winter semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Development of combustion engines.
2. Fuels for combustion engines.
3. Heat circles of combustion engines.
4. Creation of fuel-air mixture for petrol engines.
5. Creation of fuel-air mixture for Diesel engines.
6. Increases in power about combustion engines.
7. Fundamental design solutions of combustion engines.
8. Piston, rings, connection rod, crankshaft, bearings.
9. Crank case and block of cylinders of engine, cylinder and head of cylinder.
10. Valve timing mechanism of combustion engine.
11. Intake and exhaust marigold of combustion engines.
12. Cooling of piston combustion engines.
13. Lubrication of piston combustion engines.

Laboratory exercise

13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Testing of piston combustion engines.
2. Measurement technique.
3. External rotational speed characteristic of engine.
4. Measurement apparatus and measurement.
5. Mechanical and volume efficiecy of engines.
6. Measurement apparatus and measurement.
7. Diagnostic measuring of engines.
8. Measurement apparatus and measurement.
9. Piston, connecting rod, crank shaft.
10. Crank case, block, cylinder, head of cylinders.
11. Valve timing mechanism of two-stroke and four-stroke engines.Intake and exhaust system.
12. Cooling of engines.
13. Lubrication of engines.